Bargaining Bulletins

Faculty collective bargaining has begun

Collective Agreements

For faculty members, librarians and archivists


Information about flex credits, health care, professional expense reimbursement

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.


Sabbatical Leave FAQ

Some UWOFA members may be turning their attention to completing their Sabbatical Leave application, which is due no later than the second Monday in September. UWOFA has developed a Sabbatical Leave FAQ to help as you plan for your leave.

Note: There are new provisions for certain limited-term members who have a research component to their workload that UWOFA negotiated during the past round of faculty collective bargaining.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here



OCUFA Report - What the 2018 election results mean for Ontario's professors and academic librarians

On June 7, the Ontario voters elected a Progressive Conservative majority government led by Doug Ford. This election outcome has a number of important implications for professors and academic librarians in the province and will pose several challenges and opportunities for the university sector over the next four years.

UWOFA past presidents remain involved in the academic labour movement

Several UWOFA past presidents continue their work in the academic labour movement. There are currently four former presidents who hold positions with the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Both organizations support local faculty associations throughout collective bargaining and advocate for the professional interests of faculty members and academic librarians and archivists. Here's what Ann Bigelow, James Compton, and Jeff Tennant have to say about their work beyond the Western campus.

Faculty collective bargaining begins - Vol. 7, No. 3

Faculty collective bargaining began on Wednesday, June 6, with your UWOFA negotiating committee meeting with the Administration's representatives for several hours to exchange initial proposals.

Answering the Call to Serve

It seems like they have been working together for years. In fact, barely 10 minutes into a conversation about negotiations last fall, I had already forgotten that Jeff Tennant and Johanna Weststar are about to enter just their first round of negotiations for UWOFA working together as chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator, respectively. Both Tennant and Weststar fluidly pick up where the other ends, and they speak with ease and conviction about deeply held principles including collegial governance, grassroots mobilizing, and academic freedom. Both also see themselves as a proxy for their faculty colleagues during collective bargaining.